Consumer FAQ

What is the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)?
Why is Board Certification important?
What types of massage and bodywork techniques are part of NCBTMB’s certification program?
How can I locate a certified massage therapist or bodyworker in my area?

 

Q: What is the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)?

A: NCBTMB is an independent, private, nonprofit organization established to set and maintain high standards of ethical and professional practice in the field of therapeutic massage and bodywork through a recognized credentialing program. NCBTMB certifies massage therapists and bodyworkers on behalf of the profession, and for the benefit of consumers, employers and practitioners.

 

Q: Why is Board Certification important?

A: Certification sets high standards for massage and bodywork practitioners to ensure excellence in the field. It protects consumers and employers by certifying that practitioners have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform their profession—and that they are committed to upholding NCBTMB’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

Massage Can Alleviate the Pain of Many Conditions

This is important because clinical research has shown that massage therapy has benefits for many medical conditions. It alleviates pain and aids in the healing process. Massage has been found to be especially effective for patients with the following conditions:

  • Low back pain
  • Breast cancer
  • Other Kinds of Cancer
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Migraines
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Hypertension
  • Other Conditions

We believe that professionals tasked with such an important role in the well-being of others should be held to a high standard of excellence. 

Source: American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Fact Sheets(Massage and Serious Health Conditions)

 

Q: What types of massage and bodywork techniques are part of NCBTMB’s certification program?

A: Our program includes practitioners from several modalities and disciplines, including many Western and Eastern practices such as; swedish massage, deep tissue, orthopedic, prenatal, shiatsu, polarity therapy, Rolfing®, Trager® techniques, reflexology, neuromuscular therapy and more.

 

Q: How can I locate a certified massage therapist or bodyworker in my area?

A: To access the NCBTMB’s registry of certified practitioners, use our Find a Certified Massage Therapist tool. When you arrive for your massage, look for the NCBTMB certification credential or ask your practitioner to display it. If you have any questions, please call 800.296.0664.

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